I love London - it's so wonderfully dirty.
Hat tip to Pennsylvanian-in-exile.
Kyoto protest beaten back by inflamed petrol traders By Laura Peek and Liz Chong
First off, this is like..England's version of National Lampoon, right? This /can't/ be real, can it? I mean, do the Brits even realize what loons they sound like? I thought they stopped making hats that way.
WHEN 35 Greenpeace protesters stormed the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) yesterday they had planned the operation in great detail. What they were not prepared for was the post-prandial aggression of oil traders who kicked and punched them back on to the pavement.
Never ever mess with London Oil traders after they've just come back from the Pub. Unless you grew up in someplace like Belfast or Philadelphia. Then you can probably go a few rounds. Obviously these Greenpeace guys grew up in the suburbs.
They made their way to the trading floor, blowing whistles and sounding fog horns, encountering little resistance from security guards. Rape alarms were tied to helium balloons to float to the ceiling and create noise out of reach. The IPE conducts ?open outcry? trading where deals are shouted across the pit. By making so much noise, the protesters hoped to paralyse trading.
?We bit off more than we could chew. They were just Cockney barrow boy spivs. Total thugs,? one protester said, rubbing his bruised skull. ?I?ve never seen anyone less amenable to listening to our point of view.?
Listening to your point of view? BWAHAHAHAHAHA. No wait, stop, please. "Listening to his point of view". Classic! I can't believe he said that with a straight face. These dudes break into a building, rush a floor with bells and whistles and horns, and intend to cause chaos and disruption. When the folks they intend to disrupt don't roll over, they whine about a free discourse? What in the hell kind of free discourse has you firing off an air horn in someone else's face?
You guys came running in, with your Nazi putsch tactics, and the other guys were thugs? Do you even realize how wrong and inappropriate what you were trying to do was?
I guess they should change their motto, "Greenpeace: When we can't bully others, we cry like little girls."
Another said: ?I took on a Texan Swat team at Esso last year and they were angels compared with this lot.? Behind him, on the balcony of the pub opposite the IPE, a bleary-eyed trader, pint in hand, yelled: ?Sod off, Swampy.?
Dude should have gotten up and started pounding on that hippie again. And the Texas SWAT team should be ashamed. I'm going to look those guys up, we really need to hear what that SWAT team has to say in their defense. Negative one for you, Texas.
I think "Sod off, Swampy." will be my phrase for the next month.
Protesters conceded that mounting the operation after lunch may not have been the best plan. ?The violence was instant,? Jon Beresford, 39, an electrical engineer from Nottingham, said.
And enjoyable. By the way Jon, I wouldn't go traipsing through Sherwood Forest either. You'll see some real instant violence there.
?They grabbed us and started kicking and punching. Then when we were on the floor they tried to push huge filing cabinets on top of us to crush us.?
They tried to push filing cabinets on them? That's strong!
But they were set upon by traders, most of whom were under the age of 25. ?They were kicking and punching men and women indiscriminately,? a photographer said. ?It was really ugly, but Greenpeace did not fight back.?
Of course not. I doubt if any of them even know how to throw a punch.